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Flood Damage May Become A Regular Problem In Oakland

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Residential Flooded Homes in Oakland Often Turn to SERVPRO for Storm Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Exceptional Service for Cleanup and Restoration After Flooding

When heavy rains cover the Bay Area with precipitation, streets, highways, and homes are all at risk of flooding. In the Oakland area basements, crawl spaces, and foundations can fill with water, a disaster that non-professionals cannot manage on their own. Our crews of IICRC trained technicians provide support for residents of our community struggling with flooding events. 

Forces of nature that cause Oakland flood damage cannot be resisted, but with a highly-qualified team of restoration experts, a home can be returned to preloss condition. Complications arise when areas of land near the bay show signs of sinking and ocean levels may be rising. Climate change and acreage formed of fill and debris have the potential to make flooding events even more common. Our skills and experience buoy up our efforts in these stressful situations. 
 
Fast response times are crucial when dealing with lower level flooding. Building materials can withstand standing water for a brief time, but every hour and day without relief increases the possibility that foundation walls and interior paneling, gypsum board, mechanical systems, stored items, and appliances become severely damaged. When our SERVPRO flood remediation team arrives, an interrelated and integrated process starts that results in complete water extraction and structural drying. 
 
Each of our service vehicles drives up with submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors on board. If power is cut to your flooded home, we work off generators on our trucks. This immediate response is vital to a successful outcome. The quality of the water -- clean, gray, or black -- is evaluated by SERVPRO trained and seasoned technicians. The earlier our intervention, the more likely that contamination is minimal. Hazardous items stored in the lower level like paints and chemicals, and any sewer backup, common with heavy rains, can taint the water swiftly. 
 
If the water is gray or black SERVPRO keeps current with local hazardous waste disposal rules, protecting our customers from misstepping and the public from dangerous substances. Once the water exits via our high-efficiency equipment we use proven disinfectants to inhibit microbial growth in the affected areas. Pumps and extractors make way for air movers, dehumidifiers, and possibly heaters to create the optimum conditions for drying. Our crew determines a drying target based on moisture measurements and industry standards, and we persevere until it is achieved. 
 
Training and technology help SERVPRO of San Leandro stay ahead of the challenges of flooding events in the Bay Area. Call us at (510) 352-2480 to schedule an assessment of your flood damage scenario. 

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